As we age, parts of our body become overused and begin to break down. This doesn’t mean that you misused your body in any way, sometimes sections of our anatomy break down faster than others. Also, just because your body ages, does not necessarily mean that you yourself are aged.
Due to the advances in modern technology, it is possible to repair body parts that are aging rapidly. For example, if your vision is becoming impaired prematurely, there are procedures such as laser eye surgery that can help. If for some reason your eyesight is diminishing at a faster pace than expected, it might be a good idea to identify what is happening to your eyes and how to rectify the problem with your optometrist.
You should try to meet with your eye doctor at least every year. This is to update your vision and monitor its aging. For example, over time your vision will get naturally weaker. By visiting annually, your physician will be able to confirm whether you will need glasses or be moved to a higher prescription of lenses or contacts. It is important to complete these check-ups because often we become immune to our own vision. Because we are used to what we are seeing and adjust to vision impairments, we often won’t notice the state of our vision until a professional shows us.
As you age, you can develop an array of vision impairments such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatisms. These all can develop at any age and get increasingly distracting as you age. However, it is not until most people reach the age of 40 years old that the eyes actually start breaking down.
Our Eyes As We Age
As if 40 couldn’t be upsetting enough, your eyes generally start losing their sharpness around this age. Not only must you come to terms with aging, but you must get used to the effects of getting older. During this pivotal decade of your life, your eyes can develop a condition called presbyopia. This is when the lenses of your eyes begin to harden, which makes focusing on close objects very difficult. This is a completely natural part of aging, and most people are introduced to presbyopia around this age.
Also, when you hit the age of 40, you will want to check up with your eye doctor. One effect of presbyopia is that you will most likely need reading glasses. If you already have glasses, your prescription will most likely jump up, which means you will need to visit an eye clinic for an optic exam.
Presbyopia often intensifies around the age of 50. Once you hit the “big 5-0,” your eye lenses will harden and result in a need for a prescription change. You will most likely need eyeglasses during this decade, however, there are exceptions. Sometimes people are born with strong eyes. Most importantly, they most likely made strides to take care of their eyes in their youth, which guaranteed them longer use of their eyes without glasses. But in most cases, during your 50s you will need a pair of glasses for reading and another for daily uses.
Once you are in your 60s, eye issues become very common. That is why it is important you make regular check-ups with your doctor during this decade of your life. Within one year, your vision could go from passable to an extreme hazard in a number of months. When you are in your 60s, you are more susceptible to developing eyes conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degenerations.
Glaucoma is nothing to overlook, as it can lead to serious vision consequences. The condition occurs when the blood pressure in your eyes is increased, leading to sight loss. Those with diabetes or over the age of 60 are more prone to developing this condition. However, people over the age of 60 are six more times likely to develop this eyesight disorder. Unfortunately, glaucoma cannot be cured, but it can be treated if detected in its early developing stages.
As you age, the lenses of your eyes become more opaque, or clouded. Because of this blurred vision, seeing objects clearly becomes increasingly difficult. Cataracts are treatable through surgery when detected early. People over the age of 40 are susceptible to developing cataracts, more so the older they age. However, it is not uncommon to develop cataracts around the age of 40, so don’t worry if you are developing the disorder earlier than others around you. The key to fixing your eyesight problems is by visiting your local eye clinic. Only a profession optometrist will be able to inspect your eyes and know the next best course of action.
This condition is the most popular culprit for eye loss for individuals over 60. If you have macular degeneration, your retina will begin to decay gradually. Because the retina is essential for light refraction and general vision, your eyesight suffers. This condition is exceptionally common and affects more people than glaucoma and cataracts combined. Unfortunately, this is not a curable condition, however discussing your options with your doctor is important.
Most of these visual conditions are asymptomatic, so you won’t actually start noticing the disorder until it starts impairing your vision. If you visit your optometrist annually you will be able to identify these disorders they begin to affect your vision. Also, though some of the age-related disorders are not curable, regular deficiencies in vision can be fixed through laser eye surgery. Getting laser eye treatment can help fix issues such as farsighted and nearsighted vision problems. Today, easy, modern treatments such as Lasik exist to fix eyesight without pain or hassle.
If you are currently struggling with your eyesight, contact Sina J. Sabet MD, PC today!